Mariya Mahmoud, Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has said that efforts by the FCT administration to address insecurity were yielding positive results.
Mahmoud stated this in Abuja on Sunday, when she visited the family of Al-Kadriyar Mansoor, whose five daughters were recently released after several days in the kidnappers’ den.
She said that Nyesom Wike, the minister of the FCT, has been liaising with security agencies to improve the security situation following the reported increased cases of kidnapping in parts of the territory.
She said the rate of kidnapping in the FCT was beginning to decline following intense security operations in rural communities, particularly border communities.
“The issue of kidnapping is going down, but we want it at a zero level”.
“All support to be given to the security agencies has been put in place and also, some of the materials and equipment they need to carry out their works are being provided,” she said.
The minister assured the residents that the administration was doing everything to tackle the problem of insecurity. She added that the Wike-led FCT administration was also working to improve road infrastructure, particularly access roads in rural areas to improve security.
Mahmoud, who expressed a sense of relief over the victims’ state of health, donated some items and undisclosed cash to the family.
“We are here to support your family and to tell you that the FCT administration is with them; we are here to see how the children are coping psychologically, mentally, and also spiritually,” she said.